Getting to Know – Angela Belyea

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What is your favorite time of day to work?

I like evenings because it is quiet and my day to day job is done.

What would your dream project be? 

To create an entire wardrobe using my skills.

What is the one tool you could not do without?

Some form of knitting needles. I knit in the dark, while a passenger in a car, while flying, relaxing……..

How do you recharge your creative juices?

Meditation and drum circles, walking in the woods, spending time with my animals.

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What would you do with a million dollars?

Pay off my debts, help family, develop a creative healing centre

What are you reading right now?

Voices of the Earth by Clea Danaan

What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are creating?

Classical, instrumental music

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate, of course!

Getting to know Kathy Thornhill

7363What time of day are you most productive?

In the morning I get up and have coffee with my husband and catch up with the current events – HLN – Robin Mead. During this time I work on crossword puzzles and the Sudoku in the paper. After this, I can hardly wait to pick up the hook to work on my current project. In the afternoons I open my Gallery and continue to work on my projects.

What are you currently working on?

I just finished a piece I call “Spirit Drums”. It was inspired by a photo I took in the Dene Community of Fort Good Hope, NWT. My current project is a fun piece based on a photo I took in a fishing community – coffee cups arranged in a row on the dock. When I took the photo, I wasn’t sure what I would do with it as a photo, but it lends itself perfectly to rug hooking.

What would you like people to know about you, your creative process or your work?

Over the years I have worked on fibre arts, creating pieces using stitches such as Hardanger, Florentine canvas work, Stumpwork and cross-stitch.   I discovered a passion for design and discovered rug hooking. I use my photography to create unique hooked mats.   Using Photoshop, I create a line drawing from my photograph and transfer it to linen backing. I use some artistic license to fill in details and add color.

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In the next five years you would you like to accomplish. Dream big!

I would like to have an exhibit with my hooked mats.

Dream vacation? Where would you like to go and why.

Greenland. I have been to most of the northern country in the western hemisphere. I have been to Alaska, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut and Iceland. I would like to complete the picture with a visit to Greenland.

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What music do you listen to when you are working?

I prefer silence actually. I am so totally focused on my work, that everything else doesn’t exist.

Favourite colour?

Blue! Always has been.

Web Site: http://www.btlens.com. The site includes several galleries of my photos, and one with my hooked mats.

 

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